Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hacked!

I looked at the G4ILO's Shack website this morning and with a sinking heart saw this:


It appeared that my site had been hacked and an image inserted that said KZ.AM/STOP SOPA. (It was bigger than my screen so I couldn't capture all of it.)

Upon further investigation it appears that the site toplisted.net has become defunct and an image from amateurradio.toplisted.net has been replaced by the one shown in the screen grab. So solving the problem turned out to be a simple matter of removing the links to toplisted.net. Big sigh of relief!

I don't know whether the hacked image contained any other payload. I wonder how many other ham radio sites are affected?

Because of things like this, running a website is a hassle compared to the blog which is maintained and updated free of charge by the blog host such as Blogger. I'd prefer to just concern myself with the content of the site not the technical aspects.

It may be time to review the future of the website, especially considering that some of the software it contains (such as VOAProp) is gradually being made obsolete by changes to the Windows OS and third-party data files.

6 comments:

Eric Söderman said...

Is it really hacked? Not just a protest against SOPA similar to the page that can be seen at en.wikipedia.org ?

Eric SA5BKE

Paul PC4T said...

I read today that there is lot to do about SOPA. It could be the end of internet. 73 Paul

Casey Bahr said...

You could convert the website to a blog and get the same effect. There are website creators that use Blogger as one of their tools for quick creation of websites.

Alex Hill said...

Very nice of someone to politicise your site Julian. There seems to be a fair bit in the news today about SOPA. Doesn't excuse that sort of behaviour.

Stewart C. Russell said...

It's just American bloody colonialism on the web ...

Julian Moss said...

I admit the significance of "SOPA" escaped me until you guys mentioned it. As someone who has earned a crust selling software online I can't say I'm opposed to measures to stop online piracy.